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May 2014

THAILAND’S MILITARY COUP – THE PROPAGANDA WAR

– FLYING SPORRAN’S WEEKEND DIARY – I have for the last couple of week’s tried to restrict my output on the Thai coup to the airwaves in Australia, the U.S., U.K. and Ireland,  This is mainly because I do not want to write a story for the foreign press and find that a sub-editor has […]

BOILER ROOMS ARE WINNING THE GAME

Jordan Belfort is the real ‘Wolf of Wall Street’. By the time the U.S. authorities caught up with him he had taken down ripped off people to the tune of over US$220 million dollars in share trading scams. That he was a dishonest and evil man who spent his takings on the high life, prostitutes […]

THAI COUP EXCLUSIVE – THE MAN THE MILITARY CANNOT GAG!

END OF MARTIAL LAW IN SIGHT AS THE MOST RE-ASSURING, CREDIBLE FRIENDLY AMERICAN ‘LAWYER’ LINES UP MILITARY FOR ‘A SEMINAR’ The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand unfortunately has had to cancel its evening with Colonel Werachon the Army spokesman tomorrow night – But fear not! A star reporter is on the scene and he is […]

CONCERN AS TRIAL OF MAN ON THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF BRITISH TEACHER NEARS ITS END

With three young Thai women giving evidence at the weekend the prosecution is expected to close its case against Sean Tinsley, 45, for the attempted murder of Adam Pickles, former head of English at the International School of the Regents, on Thailand’s eastern seaboard on June 10th. Tinsley appears to have revised his witness list […]

COUP LEADER TO ADDRESS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS – BRING A TOOTHBRUSH.

Pic: US Marine Corps. Colonel Werachon right This is what I like about some coups in South East Asia. Here you can discuss the merits and demerits of a coup with the spokesman for the army over white wine and canapes.  The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand is hosting an evening this Thursday at 6 […]

DAILY MAIL AND MAIL ON SUNDAY ONLINE BLOCKED FROM THAILAND

It had to happen, but the first foreign online newspaper has now been blocked from Thailand. Not unsurprisingly it is Mailonline – the website of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, although it could also have been a foreign western newspaper or magazine. A story printed early today was ruled to have broken the […]

‘RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN’ – THAILAND’S TAINTED FOREIGNERS VOW TO SUE ‘GOOGLE’

TWO FAKE LAWYERS AND AN ACCUSED RACKETEER TO TAKE INTERNET GIANT TO COURT IN THAILAND IN ‘DAVID AND GOLIATH’ CASE WE’RE BEING HOUNDED! – THEY SAY. Thailand’s most famous ‘fake lawyer’ Brian Goudie,  a former jail bird also known as Brian Goldie has announced he is suing Google Inc. and Google Thailand in what he […]

SAINT AND SINNER – ONE WAY OF WORKING AN NGO IN SE ASIA

There are times when, it is said, the bigger the lie the better. In the United States a whole industry has been built around Somaly Mam a Cambodian woman who runs Agir Pour Les Femmes en Situation Précaire – Helping Woman in Danger. Hollywood stars flock to have their photographs taken with her and wonder […]

JUGGLING BETWEEN HUMAN RIGHTS AND STABILITY: COMMENT

The Thai Media have traditionally worked under both self imposed censorship and very strict lese majeste laws.  Crucial to the country’s stability has been the health of the King and what follows.  Quite clearly it is going to take time to establish order let alone harmony in the wake of the bitter disputes that have […]

THAI MILITARY CONTINUES TO CLAMP DOWN IN THE FACE OF INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION

Jeab a journalist lost her job at Mono Broadcast for this pose (Khao Sod) A so far peaceful coup was increasingly looking like it could turn mean in Thailand tonight as military men continued rounding up potential troublemakers throughout the country and dealt harshly with protesters on the streets of Bangkok. Army Commander Prayuth Chan-Ocha […]